Manchester United finally have some momentum behind them and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be confident of getting the better of an inconsistent Chelsea in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils pulled off a fantastic 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the Champions League in midweek while Chelsea had to settle for a home draw against Sevilla.
The match will be vital in the race for the top four this season and with both sides having lost twice in the top flight already this season, defeat will put pressure on the losing team and manager.
Manchester United vs Chelsea predictions
Manchester United are on track to make it three consecutive top-flight victories against Chelsea for the first time since 1965. Chelsea have not won on any of their previous seven visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League, although they have drawn four of those. Even so we are backing the home side.
Odds correct at the time of publication and are subject to change
United back on track
United have responded to the humiliating 6-1 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur before the international break in the right way, winning 4-1 away to Newcastle United and following that with a very impressive 2-1 Champions League victory at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The manner of both displays will have delighted Solskjaer, who insists his side are now right back on track after a bad start to the campaign.
Chelsea will be no pushovers, of course, but they remain in transition and have been inconsistent this term. A trip to Old Trafford will test them, especially as they remain insecure at the back and face the major attacking threats of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and, possibly, the hugely experienced Edinson Cavani, who could be set for his United debut this weekend.
Tip: Man Utd to win @ 7/5 with bet365
Werner to continue scoring form
Frank Lampard is doing a decent job at Stamford Bridge but there is no getting away from the fact he is still building his side, with several new signings bedding in alongside some talented youngsters and more savvy Premier League performers.
Big-money summer arrivals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are beginning to repay the sums shelled out for them and Werner, in particular, looks ready to go on a scoring spree after adapting to English football really well.
The Germany centre forward already has three goals and two assists from his first seven games in all competitions and he is very backable to score at any time at Old Trafford.
Equally United midfielder Fernandes would be a wise selection in the goalscorer markets, especially given his record of converting penalties and his team-mates’ record of winning them.
Tip: Timo Werner to score at any time @ 6/5 with bet365
Entertainment beckons in Manchester
In an already high-scoring season, this has the makings of a game that will be entertaining. Both United and Chelsea have an array of firepower plus issues at the back to resolve. Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in the league so far this season but did show more signs of solidity on Tuesday when they held Sevilla to a goalless draw in Europe.
However, that was with experienced 36-year-old Thiago Silva back in the side and Lampard has admitted he will have to manage the centre-back’s game time over the course of the campaign.
Reverting to Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma as a partnership to take on United will encourage a goal-hungry home attack.
United, buoyed by their recent wins, will be confident and do have momentum plus plenty of players in good form. Axel Tuanzebe, Rashford, Fernandes and new-boy Alex Telles all stood out at the Parc des Princes and, even though Solskjaer is aware there will be more bumps in the road ahead, they are surely now on the right path under the Norwegian’s guidance.
Several punting possibilities appeal, including backing over three goals at 6/4 in a game that, history suggests, does produce plenty of goals. There were three or more in three of the four meetings in all competitions between these rivals last season. An end-to-end affair is likely but United can edge it with the Londoners playing a full part in proceedings.
Tip: Man Utd to win and both teams to score @ 3/1 with bet365
Manchester United vs Chelsea odds
The bookies slightly favour Manchester United as the favourites at 7/5, with Chelsea 9/5 and the draw trading at 12/5.
Manchester United team news
Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood both face late fitness tests to see if they are ready after missing the midweek Champions League trip. Anthony Martial is suspended so Edison Cavani could get his first start up front while Axel Tuanzebe will be in central defence after his impressive display against Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.
Chelsea team news
Despite Petr Cech’s shock inclusion in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Edouard Mendy will start in goal with Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will be in defensive midfield while the attacking duties will be down to Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Werner.
Chelsea predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner.
Last five results
20 Oct CL PSG 1 Man Utd 2 W
17 Oct PL Newcastle 1 Man Utd 4 W
4 Oct PL Man Utd 1 Tottenham 6 L
30 Sep LC Brighton 0 Man Utd 3 W
26 Sep PL Brighton 2 Man Utd 3 W
20 Oct CL Chelsea 0 Sevilla 0 D
17 Oct PL Chelsea 3 Southampton 3 D
3 Oct PL Chelsea 4 Crystal Palace 0 W
29 Sep LC Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1 L*
26 Sep PL West Brom 3 Chelsea 3 D
*Tottenham won on penalties
CL Champions League PL Premier League LC League Cup